Certificate in Budget & Public Finance
The certificate in budget and public finance provides course work in the theoretical and practical foundations of public budgeting and in the formulation and evaluation of public budgets, as well as the complex choices of economic reasoning in response to resource allocation in the process of formulating and implementing public budgets.
This certificate is particularly suited for those who are, or envision becoming, budget analysts or financial management officers in public agencies at any level of government.
The certificate in budget and public finance can be completed by taking courses at GW's Foggy Bottom campus. The courses in the certificate provide a background in budget policy and process, characteristics of public revenue and expenditure, and governmental accounting and financial reporting.
Learn skills for today if you are, or envision becoming, a budget analyst or financial management officer in a public agency at any level of government from the top-ranked program in public finance and budgeting, according to the most recent U.S. News & World Reports ranking of graduate programs.
Students applying to the graduate certificate program in budget and public finance do not need to submit a GRE score. Applicants are required to meet the admission standards for admission to the Master of Public Administration or Master of Public Policy degree program.
Relation to the Master's Programs
If you begin the certificate and decide to apply to the MPA or MPP degree program, you must apply by the posted deadline and meet the admissions requirements of the program. Up to nine credits of your certificate coursework taken prior to admission to a degree program will be accepted in the master’s program within two years of completing the course and if a grade of B or better was earned in the course. If you’d like to have all 12 credits apply toward a degree, you need to apply and gain admission to the degree before registering for your fourth course.
Certificate students enroll in regular courses of the Trachtenberg School and earn graduate credit.
The certificate features one required course and a selection of any three additional options to help you get the skills and experience you need.
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including 3 credits in required courses and 9 credits in elective courses.
|PPPA 6005||Public Budgeting, Revenue, and Expenditure Analysis|
|Three of the following:|
|PPPA 6048||Financing State and Local Government|
|PPPA 6051||Governmental Budgeting|
|PPPA 6052||Tax Policy Analysis|
|or PPPA 6054||Issues in Federal Budgeting|
|PPPA 6053||Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations|
|PPPA 6055||Contracting Out and Public–Private Partnerships|